After having my knee go through a dashboard when someone ran a red light and smashed into my drivers side door I was pretty banged up: herniated disk, whiplash and my right knee was in excruciating pain. Nothing could touch it. It was swollen for weeks with a bruise covering the whole front of it. A mess.
I ended up having arthroscopy to remove the blood that would not leave my knee and to have my knee cap put back in place. After surgery and then recovery I faced life knowing that beyond have serious permanent injuries to neck and back – my right knee was going to forever hurt. Cold hurts it! Walking and standing too long hurts it! It pops and brings up pain – and playing on the ground with my three year old is a commitment because getting up hurts a lot.
Of course I had a knee brace to help but it was just one of those blue cheapies that after a couple months would stretch out and really not be beneficial anymore. I have bought several padded braces over the years – but as soon as I would get them and feel their quality I knew, like others, it wouldn’t last.
So when I had the opportunity to review another padded knee brace I wasn’t sure but was willing to give it a shot. I delayed giving the review because I was going to use it (and abuse it) to see what exactly it was made of. It felt a bit stronger in sketchiness as it didn’t give when pulling out from each side.
I have run, exercised, stood for a long duration all while wearing this padded knee brace. It provides a nice squeeze to my knee which feel really good when you have this type of injury. It still feels very strong when I pull out from both sides.
Of course, only time will tell as to how long it will last. It feels much more durable then the cheap blue ones I usually throw away after a month and a half to two months so I have positive feelings about it.
I would recommend it for those who have had knee injuries, surgeries (especially knee replacements when allowed by your doctor). The only flaw I found is that the outside fabric (like all padded knee pads I have used) allows pet hair to stick to it. All in all not really a problem but with the tight squeeze it provides unlike the others I can live with it.